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Apr
8
Mon
Skills Week – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Apr 8 @ 8:30 am – Apr 12 @ 4:00 pm
Skills Week - Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom
SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills
Date : 8 – 12 April 2019
5 days duration

Price £590

Requirement: Beginner/Intermediate
Maximum of six students on each course

Test Pieces: Cheese Board and Biscuit Box – wow your family and friends with the accuracy and crispness of your new found skills!

Other: Students are invited to bring their existing toolkit for appraisal

Please click here for further details!!

Apr
15
Mon
Advanced Skills Week – More Skills and New Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Apr 15 @ 8:30 am – Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm
Advanced Skills Week - More Skills and New Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom
SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills
Date : 15 – 19 April 2019 (including Good Friday)
5 days duration

Price £590

Skill Level – Students should have attended the SKILLS WEEK

Test Piece : A veneered, laminated and dovetailed jewellery box, with lock.  Amaze yourself with your abilities!

Other : All tools and equipment will be provided

Please click here for further details!!

Apr
22
Mon
Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Apr 22 – Apr 26 all-day
Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom

ANTIQUE FURNITURE RESTORATION TECHNIQUES

22 – 26 April 2019 (including East Monday)
5 days
Price £590
Beginner/intermediate

Other: Students should bring several small items of furniture to work on

General Course Content

This course is designed as a practical introduction to working on and restoring antique furniture and will cover many of the main areas and techniques required for repair and refinishing.

Ideally students will have some woodworking experience, so that structural repairs and splices etc. can be attempted with confidence.

This course is, however, equally relevant for the complete beginner who can use the course to enter the world of furniture restoration and gain the confidence of working on their own furniture in a controlled and supportive environment.

Specific techniques will be covered in a logical progression, with plenty of time set aside each day for project work, when students may work on the pieces of furniture that they have brought with them, or concentrate on increasing their skills in particular elements of the course which most interest them.

Students are invited to bring up to four pieces of furniture to work on, and for advice and guidance on an appropriate approach for their repair.

Due to the relatively short duration of the course, projects may need to be completed at home.

Subjects Covered

  • Useful tools and jigs
  • Dismantling furniture – releasing and cleaning joints
  • Re making / repairing joints
  • Glues – types, properties, preparation, uses and application
  • Assembly techniques –cramps and cramping techniques
  • Veneers – re laying, removing, making and patching
  • Cleaning old surfaces – chemical and mechanical- the controlled approach
  • Reducing stains and water marks
  • Cleaning ormolu and brass fittings
  • Polishes – making shellac and wax
  • Finishing – techniques for applying shellac and wax polish, cosmetic colouring systems
  • Metal work – ageing and colouring
Aug
3
Sat
Sharpening & Tuning Handtools – Weekend Masterclass @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Aug 3 – Aug 4 all-day
Sharpening & Tuning Handtools – Weekend Masterclass @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom

SHARPENING & TUNING HAND TOOLS

3 – 4 August 2019

2 days duration

Price £250

Requirements: Beginner/Intermediate

Aug
5
Mon
Advanced Skills Week – More Skills and New Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Aug 5 @ 8:30 am – Aug 9 @ 4:00 pm
Advanced Skills Week - More Skills and New Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom
SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills
Date : 5 – 9 August 2019
5 days duration

Price £590

Skill Level – Students should have attended the SKILLS WEEK

Test Piece : A veneered, laminated and dovetailed jewellery box, with lock.  Amaze yourself with your abilities!

Other : All tools and equipment will be provided

Please click here for further details!!

Aug
12
Mon
Joints Week – Making a Table – Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Aug 12 – Aug 16 all-day
Joints Week - Making a Table - Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture

Making a Table -Traditional and Modern Methods for Cutting Joints

12 – 16 August 2019

Skill Level : Beginner/Intermediate

Cost : £640

Duration : 5 Days

Other : There are no additional cost for materials

Time to make your first piece of furniture! Or, perhaps, time to make your first accurate, crisp, precisely-made, piece of furniture. This is a great follow-on course from ‘Skills Week’ but will also happily stand alone if you have at least a little woodworking experience.

Successful furniture making is based on good design, well thought out construction, and accurate execution of all the many components and joints that will be brought together to create, not just an elegant piece of furniture, but an elegant piece of furniture that doesn’t fall apart or try to self-destruct. We often talk about a ‘Zen-like mind-set’ that’s required to saw perfect dovetails, but we also need to acquire a constant ‘Cabinet-Maker’s mind-set’, which is all about control, and using well thought out sequencing. A precise process requires a meticulous mind-set. ‘Making it up as you go along’ is not impossible when making furniture – a new design usually needs to be  tweaked or re-thought here and there, but in general, ‘If you fail to plan,……………!’

So, with all this in mind, we’ll start by looking at the thought-process and considerations that were made during the design of this table to give it a crisp, contemporary styling and look at how, and why, the variety of modern and traditional joints were selected.

I have been known to bang-on a bit about SHARPENING, not because I have a disturbing obsession with shiny, razor-sharp pieces of metal, but because without sharp tools you might as well not bother with woodwork. So, we’ll spend a little time on a recap of the sharpening process, but don’t panic, you’ll be provided with a full set of sharp tools to get you started.

It’s vital that you keep track of which bit goes where when making even the smallest, simplest project. I embraced the ‘Triangle System’ a few years ago when I was teaching in Germany, so I’ll pass on this wonderfully simple method of keeping all of the twenty-odd table components facing in the right direction.

Your kit of components will need just a little work from you to get them crisp and square and to the finished size, but we will be focussing much more on understanding the cabinetmaking process and the accurate cutting of joints, and much less on endless, blister-inducing, hand-planing, which might just put you off the whole idea of working with wood.

This course will give you the opportunity to cut some elegant, traditional joints completely by hand but will also give you the chance to use a couple of the most-used power tools in any professional workshop, the ‘Biscuit Jointer’ and the ‘Domino’.

Mitres are notoriously tricky joints to cut accurately, but, at the same time, are an incredibly slick way of getting round corners (if you get them right!).  Renowned for giving you absolutely nowhere to hide with even the slightest of mistakes, we have a cunning plan for getting the mitred lipping around the veneered table-top spot on every time.

Add to this some strategies for the stress-free gluing of all your lovingly hand-crafted components and you will have come a long way towards becoming a controlled, confident, competent cabinet-maker.

(This table making project will include drawer rails and runners and a drawer-front, but the making of the drawer itself, forms the basis of a separate Dovetailing & Drawer-making course.)

Aug
19
Mon
FINISHING : French Polishing & Modern Hand Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm
FINISHING : French Polishing & Modern Hand Techniques @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom

19 – 23 August 2019

5 days duration

Price £590
Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

General Course Content

This course is appropriate for both the complete beginner, and the more experienced restorer or furniture maker, who is perhaps lacking in confidence, or would like to look at a new approach to an old subject. Whilst this course is described as “Traditional” hand finishing, it is in fact hand finishing using mainly traditional materials, but with an up-to-date slant. The methods that I teach for ‘French Polishing’ use simplified techniques which have evolved in our workshops over the years and make the process very approachable and less confusing.

All aspects of finishing wood will be covered, from the initial preparation, to final waxing. Test panels will be provided so that all of the techniques can initially be practiced in safety! These panels may also be taken away and used for later reference.

Students are also encouraged to bring along one or two smaller items of their own work that they have made or are restoring, or timbers / veneers that they are intending to use, and advice may then be given on designing appropriate finishing systems for them.

The aim of this course is that students will emerge with a thorough understanding of the principles of finishing, and a good grasp of various hand finishing techniques together with the confidence to use them.

Subjects Covered

  • Preparing wood for finishing
  • Colouring – using stains
  • Colouring – using chemicals
  • Grain filling – traditional and modern methods and materials
  • Filling minor defects – various fillers and techniques for using them
  • Blending defects and repairs – cosmetic colouring systems
  • Polish – making shellac & wax polish
  • Polishing – shellac “French polishing”
  • Modern polishing materials including heat resistant systems
  • Dealing with water damage and unwanted stains/marks
Aug
26
Mon
Skills Week – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Aug 26 @ 8:30 am – Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm
Skills Week - Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom
SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills
Date : 26 – 30 August 2019 (Including bank holiday Monday)
5 days duration

Price £590

Requirement: Beginner/Intermediate
Maximum of six students on each course

Test Pieces: Cheese Board and Biscuit Box – wow your family and friends with the accuracy and crispness of your new found skills!

Other: Students are invited to bring their existing toolkit for appraisal

Please click here for further details!!

Oct
5
Sat
Wood Machining @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Wood Machining @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture

5 – 6  October 2019

Skill Level : Beginner / Intermediate

Cost : £300

Duration : 2 Days

This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet.

Throughout this course our overriding concern will be SAFETY!

Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential.

What You Will Learn


The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction.

Band-Saw

  • Dimensioning timber components
  • Cutting dovetails, wedges, tapers etc.
  • Design & use of a point fence
  • Cutting veneers
  • Cutting tenons

Table-saw with sliding table

  • Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
  • Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
  • Removing a waney edge
  • Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence

Planer-thicknesser

  • Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc.
  • Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work
  • Thicknessing

Spindle moulder

  • Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings
  • Cutting curved components using templates
  • Cutting tenons

Morticer

‘Domino’

Biscuit Jointer

  • Butt joints
  • Mitre joints
Dec
9
Mon
Skills Week – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Dec 9 @ 8:30 am – Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm
Skills Week - Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom
SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills
Date : 9 – 13 December 2019
5 days duration

Price £590

Requirement: Beginner/Intermediate
Maximum of six students on each course

Test Pieces: Cheese Board and Biscuit Box – wow your family and friends with the accuracy and crispness of your new found skills!

Other: Students are invited to bring their existing toolkit for appraisal

Please click here for further details!!